After recent rumors of Studio Ghibli closing their animation department and the low box office numbers for When Marnie Was There, it was time to make an appreciation post for a company that has created true movie magic again and again. So, thank you, Studio Ghibli. Hopefully it isn’t good-bye just yet.Studio Ghibli is no longer producing animated films. So here’s to you, Ghibli, and everything you’ve given us.
To anyone who has seen this article floating around, the news isn’t as dire as it sounds. There was an interview with Suzuki Toshio, the CEO and head producer of Studio Ghibli, and he said that the studio may decrease the number of employees and will start hiring more contractors on project bases rather than hiring them directly as they largely used to. This all was also just diverged in a round-table type discussion on a TV program, and no official announcement from Studio Ghibli has been released as of yet, so let’s all just calm down a bit.